FYI Miami: June 28, 2018
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SLOWLY EXPEDITING: It’s been more than 2½ years since a request was submitted, but the word “expedited” is still being used to describe Homestead Air Reserve Base’s efforts to allow for civilian use on its premises. Miami-Dade commissioners on Dec. 1, 2015, directed Mayor Carlos Giménez to negotiate a joint use agreement with the federal government allowing for limited civilian use of the base, with an estimated timeframe of one to three years. Since then, the request has moved slowly through the necessary channels, and this month, Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesperson Greg Chin told Miami Today the request had reached the desk of Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, whose approval would allow negotiations to begin. However, a June 19 memo from Mayor Giménez states the request is still pending review from the Federal Aviation Administration, to which it was forwarded by the Air Force Headquarters of Operations in June 2016. Homestead Air Base, Mr. Gimenez wrote, is “trying to expedite the approval process.”
HEALTHCARE SALES INFLOW: Nine Florida healthcare businesses reported more than $18 million in actual and projected exports from Hospitalar 2018, the world’s third-largest annual medical trade show held May 22-25 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Hospitalar draws about 92,000 attendees and more than 1,250 exhibitors from 54 nations. Brazil is the largest economy in South America with the highest potential in the healthcare market. The nine companies that the state’s economic development agency, Enterprise Florida, took to Brazil are Advanced Instruments Inc., Atlas Specialty Lighting Inc., Awareness Technology Inc., Bulbtronics, Demetech Corp., Gaumard Scientific Company Inc., Infinium Medical, Medas Inc. and Phoenix Healthcare Solutions, LLC. “Our mission is to register our portfolio with wholesale distributors in different states of Brazil,” said Rafael Celli, president of Advanced Instrumentations in Miami. “Enterprise Florida’s team helped us to explore and develop new alternatives of business in the region.”
FREE WELCOME TRAINING: The customer service training that 60,000 members of Miami-Dade’s visitor industry have taken is now available online and free to community members, complete with graduation certificates, attractions passes and discounts, and entry into a drawing for a cruise for two. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has put its “Miami Begins With Me” training online, with information on the economic impact of tourism, Miami’s history and key neighborhoods, local attractions and customer service training. The course is available anytime. Details and registration: www.miamibeginswithme.com